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The “Good” Babies Are Being Ignored

25 Jul 2017

A few months ago, I gave a training to a group of early childhood professionals over the Infant CLASS. As I was going over one of the indicators titled, Awareness and Cue Detection, I read the high range description on the face-page: 

“Teachers consistently physically orient toward the majority of the infants and regularly look around the room. Teachers continuously acknowledge infants whether or not they are making bids for attention, by talking to them or giving them a nod or smile.”

After I was done, my group of participants almost collectively said, “So the “good” babies have to be noticed too?”

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The Best Parenting Decision I Ever Made

24 Mar 2016

About four months ago, my husband and I welcomed our second child, Maddy, into the world. Unlike 20 months earlier, when Oliver was born, we weren’t worried about having all the right baby gear. I wasn’t waking with nightmares about the birth. Quite frankly, our hands were so full juggling full time jobs and a toddler that child #2 was more of an afterthought. It would be simple—I knew exactly what I was doing.

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Why Aren't the Infant and Toddler CLASS Tools the Same?

21 Mar 2016

Let's talk today about the CLASS tool being used for infants and toddlers. You may be familiar with the fact that the Infant measure (birth to 18 months) has one domain—Responsive Caregiving— with four dimensions, while the Toddler measure (15-36 months) has two domains—Emotional and Behavioral Support and Engaged Support for Learning—with eight dimensions.

Topics: Infant, Toddler, CLASS FAQs Read More

CLASS Resolutions for 2016

08 Jan 2016

The science is in on New Year’s resolutions. According to a recent article by Bob Sulilvan in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, about half of us will resolve to change something in 2016, and about half of those resolvers will have given up by Valentine’s Day (that makes sense to me, I mean, the chocolate alone!). In spite of those odds, I love a good couple of New Year’s resolutions. Setting meaningful CLASS goals for the rest of your school or program year don’t have to be overwhelming, in fact, the simpler the better!

Topics: Infant, Teacher Tips, Pre-K, Toddler Read More

Transitioning CLASS from Pre-K to Infant and Toddler Classrooms

29 Dec 2015

So, your program is using the CLASS observation tool in pre-K classrooms. That’s wonderful! Here are a few things to think about as you consider transitioning to include use of the CLASS at the infant and toddler age levels as well.

Topics: Infant, Implementation, Toddler Read More

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Infant CLASS Tool?

17 Dec 2015

Are you an Infant CLASS tool expert, novice, or student? Test your knowledge by taking this fun quiz on the dimensions that make up the youngest age level of CLASS.

Want to learn more about using CLASS in infant child care? Check out our introductory online course—Learn About Infant CLASS Dimensions

Topics: Infant, Just for Fun Read More

The Entire CLASS Family Moves In! The Journey of One Florida Community’s QRIS

24 Sep 2015

The Beginning

Our QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) journey began in 2004 in a small office with just three staff. Just like many organizations, we contracted with a consultant to guide us in the implementation of our pilot QRS (Quality Rating System). We assembled quality indicators and requirements galore into eight domains, including ratios, screening and assessment, program operations, learning environment, curriculum, etc. Documents, documents, and more documents were reviewed to assign a star rating for a child care center.

Topics: Infant, Implementation, Pre-K, Toddler Read More

The Importance of Observing Infant Child Care

26 Jun 2015

Infants are completely dependant on adults for their survival and development. That's why it is important to start CLASS observations even in classrooms with the youngest children. Learn about the four specific dimensions that make up infant-caregiver interactions, and how to improve these interactions in our new online program, Learn About Infant CLASS Dimensions.

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Observing Mixed-Age Groups at Family Child Care Providers

26 May 2015

Editor’s Note: There are several ways to approach coding in a mixed-age setting. Teachstone’s official recommendation when observing in multi-age settings is to alternate between two age levels in order to capture the experiences of most children and produce independent scores between the age levels. That being said, we are interested in hearing how other organizations approach observations. Which approach you choose depends on lots of factors, like the purpose of the observation, and time or money constraints.

Topics: Infant, Family Child Care (FCC), Pre-K, Toddler, Observation Training Read More

Challenges & Solutions to Observing in Mixed-Age Classrooms

25 Mar 2015

So, you’re dual certified on the Infant and Toddler CLASS tools. Congrats! Not only can you observe in Infant classrooms (birth to 18 months) and Toddler classrooms (15 to 36 months), but you can also observe in classrooms that contain a mix of the two age levels! Observing in mixed age classrooms may seem daunting, but I’m here to tell you that it’s completely doable. If you’re preparing to do Infant/Toddler CLASS observations, read on. This blog presents solutions to three of the most common challenges dual Infant/Toddler observers face when observing in a mixed-age setting.

Topics: Infant, Family Child Care (FCC), Toddler, CLASS FAQs, Observation Training Read More
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